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15 Beautiful Electric Fireplaces for Contemporary Comfort

by on Jan 18, 2024

Electric fireplaces are a great addition to your home, especially if it needs an extra boost of warmth this time of year. With these more modern fireplaces, you never have to worry about having wood available, and you can still enjoy both the comfort and style of traditional wood-burning fireplaces. So, put on a cozy sweater and grab your favorite warm drink as we delve into a range of electric fireplace ideas, exploring different designs and functionalities, both available to buy or DIY.

1. Wall-Mounted Excellence

A wall-mounted electric fireplace can effortlessly become the focal point of your living room. These sleek and stylish units are perfect for smaller spaces! Plus, they add a touch of modern style to your decor.

Photo by Fireplace Lab

2. Mantel Masterpieces

A mantel electric fireplace is all about timeless beauty. Picture cozying up with loved ones around a fireplace with a wood mantel (which is also a great spot for your favorite accent decor pieces). With its elegant design, it not only provides warmth but also becomes an exquisite piece to feature in your living room. The Real Flame is a great brand with several options that are easy to assemble.

Pink mantel in living room with electric fireplace
Photo by Rebecca Propes

3. Built-In Brilliance

If you can customize your living space, a built-in electric fireplace can seamlessly integrate into your interior design. These beauties offer a clean, flush finish. They also feature customizable flame settings.

4. Media Consoles for a Warm Glow

A stylish electric fireplace, but make it functional. With an electric fireplace built into a media console, you get the best of both worlds – warmth and the practicality of a TV stand. These electric fireplaces are perfect for entertainment areas and offer extra storage space. If you’re shopping around for a pre-built option, aim for a versatile choice with ample space for games, books, or whatever you please.

5. Ribbon Fireplace Chic

If you love to make big statements with your home decor, consider a fire ribbon fireplace. The flame in a ribbon fireplace gracefully dances along a single line, creating a mesmerizing glow. Spark offers a variety of fire ribbon options, both indoors and outdoors, showcasing style and sophistication.

White electric fireplace in living room
Photo by Copofireside

6. Fireplace Wall Marvels

If you want your fireplace to have that “wow” factor, creating a fireplace wall will surely captivate attention. It is a fantastic choice for those looking to transform their living room and serves as a large centerpiece, making it a breathtaking addition. A fireplace wall can bring both warmth and visual appeal to your home.

Black wall in living room with fireplace and tv
Photo by Ortal Heat

7. Small but Mighty

Surprise your guests and family with a small wall-mounted fireplace in your living room, hallway, or space that could use an added design element. Not only do they add warmth, but they also provide plenty of space for other art pieces and decor. Foter offers a range of functional yet stylish units that are aesthetically pleasing, self-contained, and can be used with or without heat.

Small black fireplace on brown wall in a living room setting
Photo by Planika

8. Marble Magic

Could your living room use a more elevated and stylish upgrade? Try a marble electric fireplace. These fireplaces combine the elegance of marble with the convenience of electric heating. Not only does it warm up your space, it adds a touch of luxury, making it a brilliant piece for your bedroom or living room. While most of these marble marvels come at a premium price, Wayfair has several affordable options to choose from.

electric fireplace with a marble surround.
Photo by Real Rooms

9. Modern Blaze

If you’re seeking the latest electric fireplace technology, explore options from Modern Blaze. Their collection features cutting-edge designs with realistic flame effects and convenient remote control operation. There are several customer favorites, all offering sleek finishes and lifelike flames for a cozy and modern living room.

Cream wall with beige desk and electric fireplace built-in
Photo by Modern Blaze

10. Shiplap Serenity

If your vibe is more on the rustic side, you can bring a touch of rustic charm to your living room with a shiplap electric fireplace. These styles seamlessly combine the warmth of a traditional fireplace with the cozy appeal of shiplap. You can choose from several units that can be integrated into the shiplap to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere, making it a great choice for family spaces.

DIY Electric Fireplace Concepts 

DIYers, this part of our list is for you! Maybe you loved some of the electric fireplaces we’ve shared so far, but you’d prefer to add your personal touch (and you love a good project). We’ve got you covered! We gathered a few of our favorite DIY ideas that we think you’ll love.

Let your creativity run the show by tailoring these designs to match your unique style and preferences. Whether you build a brick surround, a floating wood mantel shelf, or create a reclaimed wood wall feature, these DIY projects will allow you to make your space your own.

11. Personalized Brick Hearth

Consider creating your electric fireplace surround using bricks. Purchase faux brick panels from your local hardware store, and craft a customized brick hearth with a bit of creativity and adhesive. This unique approach adds rustic warmth to your living room, and you get to tailor the design to match your personal style and preferences. Need a guide? Check out this one out.

Brick wall behind blue chair, with built-in electric fireplace
Photo by Hilltown House

12. Floating Wood Mantel Shelf

Give your wall-mounted electric fireplace an extra dose of character with a DIY floating wood mantel shelf. Select a sturdy wood piece, stain or paint it to complement your decor, and mount it above the fireplace. This simple yet effective DIY project also delivers a convenient display space for decor items.

Electric fireplace against wall with wood mantel and person with crossed feet wearing house slippers
Photo by Our Travel Home

13. Tile it Up

This DIY project allows for endless creativity. Transform the area around your electric fireplace with a DIY tiled surround. Choose tiles that match your overall aesthetic – whether you love sleek and modern or rustic and traditional. With a little adhesive and grout, you can create a stunning tiled fireplace surround that enhances the look of your living room.

14. Reclaimed Wood Wall 

Embrace the charm of reclaimed wood by crafting a DIY feature wall behind your electric fireplace. Salvaged wood planks can be arranged in a herringbone, chevron, or simple horizontal pattern to add character to the room. Not only is this a sustainable and creative approach, but it also offers your living space a one-of-a-kind, rustic feel, so your electric fireplace is a true centerpiece.

Wood wall with cut pieces and electric fireplace with a painting above
Photo by Apartment Therapy

15. Customized Entertainment

Incorporate a DIY entertainment center around your electric fireplace. Unlike the options you can buy, this version allows you to design storage solutions to fit your needs, from media equipment to books, decor, and more. Use plywood, paint, and molding to craft a custom unit that fits seamlessly into your living room. Your customized entertainment center will ensure your electric fireplace becomes part of a cohesive and personalized cozy space for gathering with friends and family. Check out this really nifty DIY entertainment center that uses white shiplap.

White wall with shiplap in living room. Tv mounted against the wall with built-in electric fireplace.
Photo by The DIY Mommy

When thinking about adding your electric fireplace to your home, consider the placement, size, and overall look to make sure your fireplace becomes a seamless part of the room’s decor. Whether you prefer the classic charm of a mantel fireplace, the modern allure of a wall-mounted unit, or the convenience of a media console, there’s a perfect electric fireplace for every style and preference.

Choose from our list (or DIY it), and let your living room come alive with an electric fireplace that makes your house feel like a cozy haven.

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